Most Representative Museums in Santiago de Cuba

Casa de Diego Velázquez


If someone have been already in Santiago de Cuba, it knows that there are so many things to do and see , that it really deserves a few days in order to not to miss out some important sights. So plan ahead your vacation and take a look at our guide which gives you some basic information about the most representative museums found in Santiago de Cuba, which all covers a range of interests, so check it out and prepare for your holiday in the land of rum and tobacco.

Museo de Ambiente Histórico Cubano

Casa de Diego Velázquez was built in 1522, it gained its reputation for being the oldest house which is still standing today. Its Andalusia style was restored in 1960 and ten years later it opened again as the Museo de Ambiente Histórico Cubano. The house where Diego Velázquez lived becomes one of the most visited museums in Santiago de Cuba. In its original state its ground floor was used as a trading house and gold foundry and the top floor wasVelázquez’s personal residence. The Museum still has the 16-19th centuries decorations, each room show a particular period, presenting the development of the material culture of the country, demonstrating furniture and numerous porcelains.

Museo del Carnival

Museo del Carnival

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The Museo del Carnival is a real tourist attraction in Santiago de Cuba, if it happened that you can not be in Cuba during the carnival you shouldn’t miss out visiting the Museum del Carnival for a glimpse at some of the traditions of the carnival as the museum displays costumes, musical instruments, posters and banners, photographs. If you are lucky you can see the folklore group as they are performing in the courtyard. The museum features a 18th Century building where visitors can ask for guided tours for getting around.

Museo Municipal Emilio Bacardí Moreau

It is Cuba’s first museum set up by Emilio Bacardí. The museum displays a collection covering the period of the Spanish conquest and the Ward of Independence from Spain. Just by the doorway there is an amazing image of the goddess Minerva. A collection of weapons and mambí artifacts are presented in the inside of the museum. There is also an exhibition of Cuban and European paintings and an archeological display, the only Egyptian mummy to be found in the country.

Museo del Ron

No doubt that Cuba’s hallmark is Rum, so if you are a really fan of rum, you should definitely see the Museo del Ron in order to get to know the history of the sugar industry and the evolution of the rum, how its made from sugarcane to battle. At the end of the tour there is a tasting opportunity in the rum museum. The museum owns a great collection of bottles.

Museo “La Isabelica”

It can be found in a former French Coffee Plantation, showing the history of the French settlements. The museum displays a collection of furniture, archeological objects and farming implements. Around the museum there is an amazing view of the biggest peaks range found in Cuba: Sierra Maestra.

Museum Antonio Maceo

 Antonio Maceo Revolution Square,


This museum is dedicated to the greatest hero of the Independente War: Antonio Maceo. It is a 19th century building. Antonio Maceo’s birthplace it turned to be a museum, presenting the moments of his heroic deeds. Close to the museum there is the Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, with an outstanding sculpture of him , in honor of the Cuba hero.


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